Monday, January 18, 2010

i wear my heart on my heart

hello and happy monday! just took a leisurely walk home with my coat wide open - it's almost 50 degrees out, sunny and gorgeous. just wanted to do a quick post with the recipe from the macaroni i made the other day - i cannot recommend it highly enough - an outfit, and the news that i made the weardrobe top 100!

ha, and i happen to be wearing the same skirt and socks as i am today. anyway, i am beyond flattered to be included in the 100, and i want to send a huge thank you and big love to rich and suz over at weardobe.

and today - i've posted this sweater before, but it was long ago before i had a proper camera and i love it too much to let it fall by the wayside.

could not get a non-blurry photo to save my life. i think one of the lights in my dressing room is out.

sweater: craft and vintage fair, years ago in chicago
skirt: american apparel
socks: american apparel
shoes: oak nyc
belt: thrifted
headband: vintage, flea market

off to philly this weekend to hang with sam and hopefully do some thrifting - i'm hoping to launch my etsy shop early next week!

and for the dutch macaroni and cheese - very closely adapted from bon appetit. . . (i added more of some, changed a thing here or there, and cooked it longer.)

6-7 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, divided
1 cup chopped onion
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3 cups reduced-fat (2%) milk
2 cups (packed) coarsely grated aged Gouda cheese plus 1/2 cup finely grated (about 10 ounces total)
2 cups (packed) coarsely grated Edam cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a pinch or two of ground fennel
1 bunch Swiss chard, stems and center ribs removed
12 ounces elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless sourdough bread
mustard seeds for topping, if you want

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large pot over medium heat. Add onion; sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, then flour; stir constantly 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, whisking occasionally, until mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups coarsely grated Gouda and 1 cup Edam. Stir until cheeses melt, about 2 minutes. Stir in cayenne and nutmeg. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Cook chard in large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 1 minute. Using slotted spoon, transfer chard to plate; cool. Reserve pot with water. Squeeze water from chard; chop finely.
Return water in pot to boil. Add macaroni; cook until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Stir macaroni into warm cheese sauce. Place half of macaroni in dish; smooth top. Top with 1 cup Edam cheese, then chard. Top with remaining macaroni mixture; spread evenly.
Melt 4 tablespoons butter. Place breadcrumbs in medium bowl. Drizzle butter over; toss. Add 1/2 cup finely grated Gouda and sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over mac and cheese. Sprinkle mustard seeds over, if desired.
Bake mac and cheese until breadcrumbs are golden and edges are bubbling, about 45-50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. It gets better every time you stick it back in the oven.

xo audrey


  1. Congratulations :) That recipe sounds gorgeous!

  2. Cute sweater!
    Where do you go thrifting in Philly? I go there about 1-2x/year and I've been dying to know where to go--so far I've only ever made it to the thrift store on South Street. Any other suggestions?

  3. I'm totally gonna try that mac & cheese recipe! I love your outfit, too. You have such a great handle on color combinations.

  4. I heart, no pun intended, your sweater. It's so sweet, but also has that boyfriend thing going for it.

  5. Congrats on being in the top 100! That mac and cheese sounds amazing!

  6. Thanks for posting that recipe. I love anything new with mac and cheese. the possibilities are truly endless. Love your outfit too, of course.

  7. That sweater is adorable! Glad you featured it again, I don't remember it from the first time, but it would totally be an easy DIY to fix up and old sweater! Congrats on the weardrobe 100 - you totally deserve it for your awesome use of color all the time!

  8. Congratulations.
    Your food always looks yummy.
    && i love your sweater.

  9. Mm macaroni and cheese! I found you on Weardrobe today, and i love your style! I love all the bright colors you wear and the styling is awesome. I actually featured one of your looks on my blog! Congrats on making top 100!

  10. ughh love the blue, you look so chic!
    adores your blog!!!

  11. love your blog! just stumpled upon it paging through weardrobe.
    all my best, susanne

  12. that would have to be the recipe for heaven. cheesy goodness heaven.

    how in the world do you manage to keep such a fantastic figure with all this fantastic baking! i love the blue socks :)

  13. congratulations! i found your blog while browsing through the book, and your style is amazing :) love it

  14. congratulations on weardrobe and thanks for the recipe! i just came across your blog, and i'm looking forward to reading more!